Deepening our understanding of issues confronting contemporary society

The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR) is dedicated to increasing our understanding of current challenges facing the modern world. Through the application of innovative humanities and social science research, incorporating the knowledge of academics from a broad range of interrelated disciplines, we are at the cutting edge of humanities and social science discourse. Our Centre's research is focused on the following contemporary themes: History, Media and Change; Mobilities, Communities and In/securities; Heritage and Wellbeing; Language, Culture and Belonging.

Research Themes

History media and change

History, media and change

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Mobilities, communities and In/securities

Mobilities, communities and in/securities

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Language, culture and belonging

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Heritage and well-being

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Recent Highlights

Congratulations to centre member Dr Harry Van Issum on being the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ inaugural John Mulvaney Fellowship. The Fellowship provides funds to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career humanities researcher to undertake research or fieldwork in Australia or overseas. Dr Van Issum will travel to the United Kingdom to assist in the repatriation of Woppaburra skeletal remains presently held in the collections of the Natural History Museum in London.

Congratulations to our Resident Postdoctoral Fellows, Dr Poppy de Souza and Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro who have been awarded an Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship which allows them to undertake research overseas. Only 12 were awarded nationally.

Upcoming events

Visiting Scholar Seminar series – Alan Thompson

The Use of Theatrical Texts in Content-and-Language Integrated Learning is presented by Alan Thompson (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University, Japan) on Wednesday 18 September 2019

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Visiting Scholar Seminar series – Donna Lee Brien

Memoir and truth in the 21st century: The Kardashians and celebrity publishing is presented by Professor Donna Lee Brien (Central Queensland University) on Tuesday 24 September 2019

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2019 GCSCR Research Showcase

Emeritus Professor Tom Griffiths presents "Thinking like a planet: Environmental crisis and the humanities".

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Rock Art Resize

Histories of Australian Rock Art Research

Gold Coast, 8 - 9 December 2019.  This symposium aims to bring together people to reflect upon unique events, ideas and trajectories in the history of Australian rock art.

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